The Thyroid, Energy and the Role of Melatonin

The Thyroid, Energy and the Role of Melatonin
As we age our body produces less energy and our capabilities lessens with this decline. Things we were able to do at ease when we were younger becomes of greater challenge as we grow old. Energy is necessary to fulfill all activities carried out by our body; from the simplest task to the most complex. Whether the task may be mentally or physically, energy is required.
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the fuel that our body uses for energy. ATP is produced in very small cells in our body known as mitochondria. The ability of the mitochondria to produce ATP is dependent on the amounts of energy they receive. Though the mitochondria are the energy source for the body, they still need energy in order to produce energy.
The thyroid, controlled by the Pineal, produces the two primary hormones that provide the energy for the mitochondria. They are Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) which stimulates the production of the other hormone, Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH). The TSH’s job is to stimulate the thyroid to secrete two hormones, T4 (thyroxine) and T3 (triiodothryronine). The role of Melatonin in this process is to convert T4 into T3, which is the most important of all the thyroid hormones. The inability to produce the right amounts of T3 can lead to many adverse conditions, including: overweight, fatigue, tiredness, hyperactivity, breathing problems, mood swings, depression and over production of cholesterol.
If the body is unable to produce T3 naturally by having an active Pineal and a healthy production of Melatonin, people have to take the synthetic substitute for this hormone, liothyronine or synthetic Melatonin. This is only one of the examples that lets us know how important the Pineal and Melatonin/Melanin is. This is why it is so important for us to eat the foods that supports and strengthens the Pineal and the production of Melatonin.

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